Opening of The 2i’s Coffee Bar, 59 Old Compton, Soho, London. (*)
Run by two Australian ex-wrestlers, until 1970 it’s got a live music venue in the basement in which many skiffle and rock stars of the era are discovered … names like Tommy Steele, The Vipers Skiffle Group, Cliff Richard, Screaming Lord Sutch, Tony Sheridan, Johnny Kidd, Gary Glitter.
It closes in 1967. (*) ▷Moretti’s memories▹ ▷Sixties Britain blog▹
The first complete (though unannounced) performance of The Who‘s rock opera Tommy happens at a concert in Dolton, England. (*) Pinball Wizard
Released May 23, 1969, the band’s fourth album rises to US#4, UK#2. In 2003 Rolling Stone counts it the 96th greatest album of all time. It becomes a film with a star-studded cast in 1975.
Performance (62m) ▷SF:about Pinball Wizard▹ ( Website )
In 1971, the Seattle Opera under director Richard Pearlman produces the first ever fully staged professional production of Tommy, including Bette Midler playing the role of The Acid Queen.
The climax of Tommy was said by many to be the highlight of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. As Roger Daltrey began to sing ‘See Me, Feel Me’, the sun began to rise, as if on cue.”
[Thanks Max, wherever you are.]
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